Gabor Kali

Hungarian conductor Gabor Kali, 35, has won Hong Kong’s first International Conducting Competition. Kali scored the highest mark from an international jury headed by Yip Wing-sie, Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Christoph Poppen, its principal guest conductor. The competition, hosted by the Sinfonietta, drew 310 applications from 49 countries and regions.

Kali came in ahead of Antoine Glatard of France and Dawid Runtz, 25, of Poland, who took second and third place respectively.

The Audience Prizes went to Runtz and Russian Anton Torbeev, but it was Kali’s depth in rehearsing that won him the Orchestra Prize, voted on by musicians of the Sinfonietta.

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